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Semtech releases LoRa smart-home device for IoT apps; MachNation offers software for IoT platform performance testing; STMicroelectronics, Fieldscale add touch-sensitive controls to smart devices; Roambee raises funding to help shippers monitor and automate supply chains; DeltaTrak intros real-time loggers; PVH Corp. seeks RFID rollout coordinator.
By Rich Handley
Jan 30, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Semtech; MachNation; STMicroelectronics, Fieldscale; Roambee; DeltaTrak; and PVH Corp.

Semtech Releases LoRa Smart-Home Device for IoT Apps

Semtech, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and algorithms, has announced the launch of its LoRa Smart Home, designed for LPWAN-based smart-home, community and consumer applications. The transceiver provides low-power broad coverage for indoor and neighborhood Internet of Things (IoT) devices that connect to sensors and actuators.

"With its simple and flexible network architecture, Semtech's new LoRa Smart Home device offers a unique opportunity to accelerate the consumer adoption of smart home connected solutions. As an end-to-end solution, or as a complement to Wi-Fi, LoRa Smart Home broadens smart home solutions by enabling connectivity for low cost and battery powered end points both indoors and outdoors," said Pedro Pachuca, the director of IoT wireless in Semtech's Wireless and Sensing Products Group, in a prepared statement. "The new LoRa Smart Home device provides a flexible and cost effective solution for low latency smart home applications, including smart key locks and lighting, enabling low cost network extension and providing a bridge to the many LoRaWAN-based B2B and B2C solutions available in the IoT market today."

The transceiver is intended for battery-powered sensors with multi-year operation, the company reports. It features 600nA of sleep current and 4.6 mA of active receive current consumption. With support for LoRa modulation for low-power LAN use cases and (G)FSK modulation for legacy use cases, the device is compatible with existing LoRaWAN-based networks and supports proprietary protocols.

Continuous frequency coverage from 150 MHz to 960 MHz allows the support of all major sub-GHz ISM bands around the world, the company adds. Product features include high sensitivity to less than 126 dBm; greater than 22 dBm output power with high efficiency PA; the ability to work well when the signal is 10dB below noise; minimal external BOM/matching; a small footprint (24-pin 4x4); the ability to work with existing LoRaWAN-based gateways; less than 5 mA RX current consumption; 25 mA TX at more than 14dBm; integrated DC-DC and LDO; and support for LoRaWAN and other protocols.

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